AP PHOTOS: Surfers catch waves again in New Zealand, Bondi

first_img Associated Press April 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAt Sydney’s famed Bondi Beach, hundreds of swimmers and surfers braved cool autumn weather to return to the water.Police had closed the beach five weeks ago because of thousands of people congregating there in defiance of social distancing regulations to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The beach was reopened for exercise only. Visitors were being counted to ensure social distancing and they couldn’t linger on the sand. A virus testing tent is nearby since the local municipality has a high rate of infections, particularly among backpackers who often live in crowded conditions. AP PHOTOS: Surfers catch waves again in New Zealand, Bondi In Christchurch, New Zealand, surfers greeted a spectacular sunrise as they returned to the waves. New Zealand has eased its monthlong lockdown, allowing some activities if social distancing is maintained.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

STAFF : Murray’s 7 goals lead Orange past Connecticut

first_img Published on March 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm In Syracuse’s season-opener, Alyssa Murray set a program record with eight goals. The Orange blew out then-No. 8 Boston College 23-12.On Saturday, the sophomore attack was back at it.Murray tallied seven goals as the No. 2 Orange (5-2, 1-0 Big East) opened up conference play with a 20-8 victory over Connecticut (6-2, 0-1 Big East) in Storrs, Conn.Sophomore midfielder Katie Webster added a season-best five goals while junior attack Michelle Tumolo added five points on two goals and three assists. The team captain now sits in a three-way tie for second on SU’s all-time assists leaderboard with 85.After UConn’s Lauren Kahn gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead less than a minute into regulation, the Orange went on a 7-0 run in a span of less than nine minutes. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSophomore goaltender Alyssa Costantino turned away four of Connecticut’s seven first-half shots, and the Orange entered halftime with a 10-3 advantage. Murray and Sarah Holden scored quickly coming out of the break to seal the victory for SU. After firing 13 shots in the first half, SU racked up 16 more shots and 10 goals in the second half to finish off its first Big East game of the season.Syracuse returns to action Saturday when the Orange travels to Foxborough, Mass., for a noon matchup with Harvard. -Compiled by Stephen Bailey, asst. copy editor, sebail01@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

After final preparations, Trojans set out for Hawaii

first_imgEight months and five days since its last game, the USC football team flew to Hawaii Tuesday night to prepare for its season opener Thursday. Taking into account all the negative news the team has received and change it has undergone during the off-season, eight months seemed like an eternity to some players.“We’ve all waited a long time for this,” sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley said. “It seems like the offseason was two years long.”The Trojans held a final walkthrough Tuesday afternoon before getting on the plane. That practice concluded a two-week preparation experience for the team, and coach Lane Kiffin can understand if players’ minds were already in Hawaii during yesterday’s practice.“I think that we started this thing so early,” Kiffin said. “Last week we went through a whole Hawai’i week — Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday practices — and we did it again this week so this was their second Thursday practice in a row. They weren’t right [last week], they were very comfortable and weren’t very crisp. That’s how you get beat.”For Kiffin, pretty much the only thing that he has yet to see for the season opener is the opponent, but this has only contributed to his excitement about stepping on the field as USC’s head coach.“I’m most excited to get it going,” Kiffin said. “It’s kind of different than I pictured it because of everything we’ve gone through since [I accepted the job] but it’s a lot of relief.”For the players, this ends one of the most mentally tough camps they have been a part of. Because of the limited numbers on the team, Kiffin and his staff tightly controlled the physical aspect of fall camp and instead gave the players a lot more time in the weight and media rooms.“This was definitely mentally tougher than last year,” Barkley said. “We didn’t do as much hitting or running as last year but the mental load challenged a lot of guys, and I think it was really important to building us as a team.”Barkley said the team watched Matt Leinart’s performance against Hawai’i when the Trojans won 63-17 in 2005 and gained some tips from that. But because USC hasn’t had much full-speed game experience this year, the Trojans hope they can execute everything on the field that they haven’t been able to during camp because of small numbers.“Some of the question marks revolve around just playing well: tackling on defense, not turning the ball over on offense and not trying to do too much because of anticipation that this game is finally here,” Kiffin said.Barkley has repeatedly stated that this is a business trip. He believes the team is prepared for this game and is confident his teammates won’t get distracted in Hawaii.“I’m confident they’ll have their heads down and not do anything crazy,” Barkley said. “We’re on a pretty tight schedule. Friday will be the time to celebrate after the game.”last_img read more